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    $5K budget E34 or E39? Help me R3V

    I have to pick up a 2nd daily. I have 5k and my choices are e34 540i/530i or 525i depending on the condition. For 5k I can get a pretty decent E34. I have a 237 Granite Silver 525i lined up with a little change left over for some rims.



    oooooorrrrrrrr....


    I can dive into a e39 528i with a little too many miles for 4-5k or sit around and save a G and try to get into a 540i. Not sure that I want to dump money into this car so the 528i seems like the better of those two.

    I need to make a good decision. Im worried about the age of e34 but the e39 has me worried about buying a lemon someone is trying to unload on the cheap.
    1991 e30 328i M52 swapped: Gone
    1995 e34 540i/6 1 of 76 Clean
    1985 e28 euro 525i the daily

    #2
    I'd take the E39. Try to get one with a manual trans though. Either a 528 or 540. I have a 98 528i sport with manual trans and love it. It's a great cruiser. M52 is rock solid and maintenance isn't bad at all. Just have to deal with cheap window regulators but other than that the car has been pretty solid. The E39 seats are also really nice and comfortable.
    "I'd probably take the E30 M3 in this case just because I love that little car, and how tanky that inline 6 is." - thecj

    85 323i M TECH 1 S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZE
    88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/SCHWARZE
    89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/M TECH CLOTH-ALCANTARA
    91 M TECHNIC CABRIO TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH CLOTH-LEATHER

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      #3
      You can find clean e34s for under 3k , Theres a super clean 95 540i in the LA area, but its auto for 2800

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        #4
        Dude just get an e34 their cheaper and with money left over you can take care of maintenance
        Originally posted by InuFaye
        silver is old man color car. you need dat BRO-SECA BLUE.
        Originally posted by blunttech
        so true.. never let them know where you live..I almost ended up in jail when I was raping young women on craigslist
        Originally posted by george graves
        An S5x is like the girl you want to marry - an m30 is the girl you don't bring home to mom.

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          #5
          E34...
          plenty reliable and way better on looks.

          E39's are boring looking (except for the M5)
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          E36/8 ///M coupe - E36 ///M3 sedan - E30 ///M powered

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            #6
            tons of clean E34's in Socal for cheap
            GRIPPY'S*GARAGE

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              #7
              Originally posted by tyleRcoey View Post
              E34...
              plenty reliable and way better on looks.

              E39's are boring looking (except for the M5)
              Keep in mind the aftermarket is way better for E39's than E34. You can get M5 rep bumpers for less than $500 now. There's a reason you don't see many nice E34's anymore.
              "I'd probably take the E30 M3 in this case just because I love that little car, and how tanky that inline 6 is." - thecj

              85 323i M TECH 1 S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZE
              88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/SCHWARZE
              89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/M TECH CLOTH-ALCANTARA
              91 M TECHNIC CABRIO TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH CLOTH-LEATHER

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                #8
                Be carefull with E39 auto gearboxes.
                Label says "Lifelong fill" or something like that and if PO didn't change the oil, it'll fail sooner or later.
                E30 Warsteiner Decals and M Stripes?

                Click me! ^

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                  #9
                  Why not a 535 E34? those are shaweet

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                    #10
                    e34 by far. very reliable. i have one for sale 95/96 (can't remember) 540i w/ 161k miles. PM me for more info.
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                      #11
                      e32. lol
                      Originally posted by audiquattrot
                      bimmers b4 b*tches....remember that.
                      1990 Alpinweiss 325i - secret 500whp build
                      2000 Audi S4 B5 Laser Red
                      1990 Nissan 240sx - Drift Missile
                      2006 CBR600RR

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                        #12
                        I say E34, I have always liked them more. Then you could pick up my wheels! Millie Miglia's!

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                          #13
                          e34 all the way. Plus it's granite silver, your favorite color.
                          Originally posted by LJ851
                          I programmed my oven to turn off when my pizza was done, should i start a build thread?

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                            #14
                            E34 unless the E39 is a 540i/6 or M5.

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                              #15
                              Matching color cars makes me happy. Check this out.

                              93 160k. $3k leaves a good 2g's for maintenance and rims.











                              Parked next to this lil bitch



                              Last edited by mightywhitey; 06-22-2011, 05:13 PM.
                              1991 e30 328i M52 swapped: Gone
                              1995 e34 540i/6 1 of 76 Clean
                              1985 e28 euro 525i the daily

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